We’ve been hearing for awhile now that Disney might announce the full, official title for Star Wars Episode VII this week. That official announcement hasn’t happened yet, so rumor’s taking over where press releases have failed.
Though it’s a little unclear where they’ve gotten their information the good folks over at Latino Review are floating these possible Episode VII titles…
Star Wars Episode VII: Return of the Sith
Star Wars Episode VII: Rise of the Jedi
The rumor is that these were the working titles George Lucas had in mind for his next Star Wars movie before he turned the franchise over to Disney and JJ Abrams. While Disney and Abrams are under no obligation to use George’s titles now, it’s worth remembering that earlier this week we learned that Lucas has Episode VII director JJ Abrams’ ear and talks to him constantly about Star Wars. He’s probably pushing for one of those ideas and JJ Abrams might be listening.
The interesting thing is how diametrically opposed those two titles are, despite the fact that they are apparently possibilities for the same story. Rise of the Jedi would seem to make the most sense, given that this takes place after Return of the Jedi. That movie was about getting rid of the Sith. Having just gotten rid of them in the last film, it seems a bit early for their return. Don’t we need to see the new Jedi solidify their position in the galaxy first?
Personally, I’m hoping the new Star Wars movies won’t be about the struggle between the Jedi and the Sith at all. It’s been done to death in the prequels and it didn’t really work. There are other, more interesting stories that can be told in the Star Wars universe. Not everything needs to revolve around the endless struggle between the light and dark side of the Force.